deteriorating

[ dih-teer-ee-uh-rey-ting ]
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adjective
  1. becoming worse or inferior in condition, character, quality, value, etc.: A deteriorating house, whatever the cause, will have an adverse effect on your real estate investment.Officials have warned of a deteriorating security situation in the disputed territory.

  2. disintegrating or wearing away: If what you have underneath is fabric or fiberglass, I’d be concerned that deteriorating paint is letting ultraviolet rays do their worst to your aircraft.

Origin of deteriorating

1
First recorded in 1680–90; deteriorate + -ing2

Other words from deteriorating

  • un·de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, adjective

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